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Dear Memory Lane Family...


On July 1, 2000, Memory Lane opened its doors for the first time as a work in progress. Some buildings were on site, some yet to be rescued and restored. Most were in a state of partial repair, exhibiting a collection of artifacts not yet fully curated or catalogued. Many volunteers, workers, community leaders and local businesses, supported by the three levels of government, had dreamed big to achieve that opening day…and all would have to continue to dream big and work hard to keep the dream alive.
Twenty years later, look how far we have come! This year, we had big plans to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. We had booked a band, planned a dress-up party, and were very excited about a new, 4-year strategic plan. As we write this newsletter, which would typically launch our operational season, the future months are very uncertain.
We have given considerable thought to our decisions in response to the Covid-19 situation. We are trying to remain optimistic and excited about our 20th Anniversary but we are also committed to protecting the health of our staff, our many volunteers, and the visiting public. Furthermore, we want to make decisions that will help all of us plan, and follow through on plans, with certainty rather than uncertainty and worry.

To that end, we have decided to cancel all special events until the end of August. This includes the Cold Waters Seafood Festival, the Father’s Day Antique Car Show, the Dominion Day Old Time Village Fair, the Women’s Heritage Celebration and the Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival. Special programming, such as the Eastern Shore Player’s performances and our 20th Anniversary Dance will also be cancelled.
Memory Lane Heritage Village and the Eastern Shore Archives will also remain closed to the public at least until the end of June. We will reassess the rest of the summer season and the fall events at that time and make plans accordingly. While we are closed to the public, we will be doing everything we can to employ our staff and students in a safe manner to improve the Village through repairs, painting projects and collections management. We will also be bringing you virtual experiences of Eastern Shore heritage so you can take a stroll down Memory Lane and explore our Eastern Shore heritage from the comfort and safety of your own homes.

We are very aware that many businesses and not-for-profits are shaken by this pandemic and are asking for help. We too, hope that you may find a way to help assist the Heritage Village with a donation or purchase of a membership. More importantly, however, we hope you will keep us in your mind, and visit us again as soon as public health allows it.

In the words of Vera Lynn: “I know we’ll meet again some sunny day”. Until that day, stay safe, and follow us on all our social media platforms!

Thea Wilson-Hammond
Executive Director, Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society

Annual General Meeting of the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society

June 22, 2020 - Virtually Only

The membership of the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society are asked to attend a virtual Annual General Meeting on June 22, 2020 at 7:00 PM using Zoom Webinar technology. 
We will be sending out more details on how this will be conducted at a later date. Please check our website after June 1, 2020 to view our minutes and financial statements for the AGM.

Seeking Additional Board Members

 
The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society owns and operates Memory Lane Heritage Village and the Eastern Shore Archives. Our mission is to “inspire an enduring appreciation for the heritage of the Eastern Shore in both residents and visitors”.

The Board meets monthly from October to May, and periodically from June to September should the need arise. The Board is comprised of a maximum of fifteen directors and typically members are elected for a three year term. The Board seeks expressions of interest from the public who wish to become an active member of the Board. Please fill out an application here.

Membership - More Important Than Ever

 
The Society is proud of its ability to self-generate more than 60% of its operational revenue through admissions, meals, events, and rentals. Since most of these revenue opportunities will be lost to us this year, we ask that you still renew your membership and, if you wish, add an additional amount to the donation.

This year, due to the Covid-19 situation, we will be counting all membership renewals as donations and you will be given a tax receipt for the full amount of your membership fee.

CRA has approved that, just for this year, we will be able to issue receipts for the full amount of your membership / donation. Normally your membership is not tax deductible because the benefits of membership include free admission and discounts on meals and events, as well as voting rights at our Annual General Meeting. This year, however, your membership will not have any monetary benefits as we plan to offer free admission to everyone if we open later in the season.

At this time we do not know what it will take to welcome visitors back to Memory Lane. We can only assume that regular, high contact features, like cuddly kittens, car rides, and stilts will not be permitted. Therefore, it seems best to not expect admission charges to apply in this modified year of operations. Thus, any membership you purchase this year will only give you voting rights, a tax receipt, and a great big “thank you” from your Heritage Society.

To save on costs, we would really appreciate members taking the time to renew now before we send out the official notice. That way we can save on a stamp! Given our revenue loss this year, every savings counts. We’ve made it easier than ever to renew. You can fill out the renewal form here and send your payment to us either in the mail with a cheque made out to the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society, or you can purchase one online here. Even better, you can directly email the renewal fee to payments@heritagevillage.ca.

Memberships are $20 per person, $40 for a couple, $45 for a family (2 adults and up to 3 children). A lifetime membership can also be purchased for $200.

Strategic Plan Finalized


Late in 2019 volunteers and staff of the Heritage Society gathered to discuss what the future might look like (this was before Covid-19). We held a visioning exercise to help us prioritize what we should do over the next four years, and from this we developed a four year strategic plan.
Early in 2020 we asked for your input in the form of a survey and we received many thoughtful and heartwarming replies. Many of you had high praise indeed for the activities we carry out and for that we thank-you for your kind words. Many of you also offered suggestions for improvement, ideas for new and creative ways to engage with our community, and constructive feedback on what we could do better. We appreciate all of that input as it helped with the strategic planning process.

Our plan was passed by the Board in early March, just before the isolation period began. We want to share the vision and framework of that plan with you. You can review it here and keep in mind that the four year plan may now stretch to five years as we do not expect to carry out all of the actions planned for 2020.

Don’t Stay Away – Follow Us Virtually

While we will be closed for the next little while, we want to celebrate our 20 years of operating Memory Lane and our 17 years of operating the Eastern Shore Archives. We also want to find ways to continue to showcase our Eastern Shore Heritage.
We have tidied up our YouTube Channel and will be releasing video content normally available only when you visit the Village. These immersive exhibits feature the voices of our volunteers and staff, and combine stories about the Village and its artifacts, augmented by archival materials from our collection. There are three themes within this set of exhibits: Village Builders (the stories of our rescued buildings); Things that Go (artifacts in motion); and Village Memories (first person memories from community elders).

Please subscribe to our channel at youtube.com/HeritageVillageNS to catch these weekly releases.

If you don’t already follow us on Facebook, please make sure you “follow” both of our pages: Memory Lane Heritage Village and Eastern Shore Archives. The Archives page features a twice weekly photograph from our Community Photo Database. Thanks to volunteer Christine Mitchell for selecting these photos and researching their captions.

You can also find us on Instagram at @memorylaneheritagevillage

Eastern Shore Heritage Preservation Fund


In times like this, every little bit of income makes a difference. Back in 2012 the Heritage Society established the Eastern Shore Heritage Preservation Fund. The fund is held in trust by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, a non-profit that pools many endowment funds from around the province to get the best investment opportunities. Our fund currently totals $92,580 and we annually receive between $2,500 and $4,000 in interest, depending on the annual earnings. The purpose of the fund was to add a layer of stability to the Society’s income and to provide an annual income that could be dedicated to heritage research and preservation (many of the functions of the Eastern Shore Archives).

For the last two years we have been focused on our solar campaign. We raised nearly $30,000 to meet this goal and we are now seeing those reduced power bills! We will have to wait a year to be certain that we have reached net-zero, but we are well on our way to doing that. Click Here to watch our savings real-time, check out our solar production.

Make it $100,000!

We are ever so close to $100,000 in the Eastern Shore Heritage Preservation Fund. Now that the solar project is complete, we encourage anyone interested in preserving our heritage for the long-term to contribute to this endowment fund. You can donate through Canada Helps or directly to the CFNS by sending them a cheque and referencing the Eastern Shore Heritage Preservation Fund in the subject line. This fund can accept a variety of donations, including non-cash donations like life insurance policies, stocks, bonds and bequests. The CFNS is also able to issue American receipts.

Click here to find out more about this fund.

Historic Nova Scotia – Download the App, or Visit the Website


The Eastern Shore Archives has been collaborating with a new initiative called Historic Nova Scotia. This project features a website and free app that links you to historical stories in all regions.
The app will list the stories closest to you if you share your location. We are working hard to add Eastern Shore Stories to this Dalhousie based project. Check out local stories, as well as stories from all over the province at historicnovascotia.ca. Do you have a story you think should be featured? Let us know. Stories must be historically accurate and be associated with a geographic location and preferably have images to accompany them.

Volunteer Opportunities


While on-site volunteering may not happen this summer, we have some dedicated volunteers still working from home. We want to thank many members of the Eastern Shore Archives team who have been indexing scrapbooks and transcribing oral histories at home. Anyone interested in transcribing an audio recording should get in touch with Thea at memorylanestaff@gmail.com. You need basic word processing skills and a means of playing an audio file (either in MP3 format or from a CD).

We also have some sewing projects such as making cookhouse aprons. Please let us know if you are interested. We are always looking for good quality white bed sheets to make aprons from. We also have plans to create dress-up clothes for children and other visitors. If you are interested in sewing from a pattern, please let us know!

Change of Address


Canada Post has decided to change our postal code and eliminate our box numbers. Therefore we now have a new mailing address: 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte, NS B0J 2L0

Please update your records.

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